On February 13, the European Geophysical Union (EGU) announced that an editor at two of its journals had resigned following an investigation by the EGU and its publishing arm, Copernicus, into citation-boosting.
In response to that report, on February 23, Wageningen announced that it was investigating.
In that period, her total number of citations went from 38 to 430.
Our final report indeed puts this staff member in the clear.
On February 27, also in response to the anonymous report, the EGU posted a 14-page document detailing its findings in the case.
including citations not contributing to a manuscript’s scientific content, citations solely aiming at increasing an author’s or a journal’s citations) is regarded as scientific malpractice.” There is no indication that other editors would have violated relevant ethical rules, and there is no evidence that a group of editors would have formed a “cartel” to boost citations to their journals.
Cerdà was also the editor who stepped down temporarily from the editorship of Land Degradation & Development.
Yesterday (March 2), Eric Brevik, the executive editor of one of the two EGU journals, SOIL, announced he was resigning.
Therefore, I have submitted my resignation.
In fact, he was the first to raise the alarm that something unusual was taking place, which triggered our investigation.
We have found no indications of citation stacking by these individuals, or the existence of a “citation cartel”.